Ph.D. (Nursing)

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Duration: 3 Years
Level: Doctorate
Type: Degree
Eligibility: Post Graduation

Ph.D. Nursing or Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing is a Doctorate Nursing course. It is subjective in nature and undertakes the research work in depth. On the completion of doctorate degree scholars have to submit their “thesis” and then they deserve the respective degree. Nursing is a healthcare profession focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life from conception to death. The duration of the program is minimum two years from the date of registration (three years for external candidates) and maximum five to six years. The minimum qualifications and other eligibility criteria for admission are the same as for regular full time students. Ph.D. is a broad based course involving a minimum course credit requirement and research thesis.

Ph.D. Nursing Eligibility

  • Nursing professionals who have completed their M.Phil. Degree with 55 per cent marks from a recognized University or an equivalent grade (50 per cent for SC and ST candidates).
  • Nursing professionals having M.Sc. Nursing, with 55 per cent marks and five years of teaching/ industry/ administration/ professional/ clinical experience. 
  • Nursing personnel, who have completed their M.Sc. Nursing with 55 per cent marks (50 per cent marks for SC and ST candidates). 

Ph.D. Nursing Syllabus

The below mentioned syllabus is as per the rules and regulations of the Indian Nursing Council, New Delhi (http://www.indiannursingcouncil.org).

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Subjects of Study


Nursing leadership in Health Care delivery system


A. Current health issues and policies 


1. Analysis of current health problems–national & global
2. Health care delivery system in India
3. National health policy, population policy and alternative systems of medicine
4. Health policy issues relevant to nursing practice–Development of nursing services in health policy
5. The functions and roles of law in health care delivery–Existing legislations related to nursing. Laws for new and emerging roles (e.g.) Nurse practitioner, private practice (nursing homes)
6. Social system and health policy
7. Politics & health policy–Lobbying for development of nursing profession
8. Health economics and health policy (Economics of health care and nursing)
9. Health insurance


B. Nursing Leadership 


1. Leadership theories
2. Nursing leadership and decision making
3. Nursing leadership and change process
4. Human resource planning and management by nurse leaders
5. Profession building in health care system–Advocacy, Lobbing
6. Nursing ethics-Code of ethics, professional conduct for nurses in India-Nursing standards, nursing practice, standards and quality assurance
7. Human relations-Valuing human being
8. Communication skills


C. Nursing informatics 


- Nursing management information system, Networking institutions through literature search.
- Nursing Universities, Internet, Literature search
- Knowledge about basic computers–Review
1. Overview of Computers and Nursing
2. Computer Systems-Data processing, the internet, a nursing resource
3. Nursing Informatics and health care policy, privacy, confidentiality and security
4. Nursing informatics theory, clinical information systems
5. Applications-Practice applications, Administrative application (information technology for nursing managers), educational applications and Research applications.
6. Consumer use of informatics
7. The future of informatics


Philosophy of Nursing Science and Theoretical Perspectives


1. Introduction to the course, study of philosophy, History of philosophy
2. History and philosophy of nursing science
3. Nursing as a science and a discipline (Evolution and development)
4. Nursing knowledge and development
- Historical roots
- Domains of nursing
- Paradigms in nursing
- Knowledge development
5. Paradigms that influence approach to nursing science development.
6. Epistemological and ontological assumptions of diverse approaches to knowledge generation in nursing.


Nursing Theories and Theory Development


A. Epistemology


• Concepts, statements and theories
• Strategies for theory development
• Evaluation of theories
• Metatheory


B. Overview of theory in nursing


• Overview of theory
• Importance of theory in nursing
• Historical overview
• Classification of theories in nursing
• Issues in theory development in Nursing
• Nursing Theory: an examination of the concept development of nursing theory.


C. Overview of nursing theories


The theorists and the theories
• On nursing clients
• On human being-Environment interactions
• On interactions
• On nursing therapeutics
• Other theories


D. Analysis of Nursing theories & evaluation of nursing theories-
E. Nursing theory and practice
F. Nursing theory and research
G. Inter relationships between science, theory, practice and research in Nursing.

Research Methodology and Applied Statistics


Introduction: Methods of acquiring knowledge problem solving and scientific method. Research–definition types characteristics Terminology used in research, purpose, scope and of research. Research and Nursing: Purpose scope and need for Nursing Research, development of research in Nursing, areas of Nursing research.


Research process overview: Statement of the problem and research objectives, concepts and constructs, variables assumptions, definitions hypotheses formulation and types Delimitation.


Review of related literature Need purpose and sources: Library,-On-line search, and retrieval of database from different CD-ROMs and use of A.V. Aids.


Research approaches and Designs:
• Historical approaches
• Survey and experimental approaches,
• Qualitative research approaches, ethnography and phenomology.
• Longitudinal, cross sectional and cohort studies-advantages and disadvantages.
• Experimental designs-Purposes, characteristics, types of design, pre-experimental and quasi and true implemented design, steps of experimental research
• Sampling Methods-size, criterias of Population, Techniques of sampling criteria, determination of sample size
• Data collection-Tools and techniques, types, purposes, characteristics and uses.
• Scale/ Construction of tools-Selection/ Construction of tools, Testing validity and reliability.
• Techniques of data collection: Technique, tools used for qualitative research, observation, Focus group discussion, measurement and record analysis and field trips.


Data collection procedures, analysis & interpretation and data management.


Ethical considerations in Nursing Research:

– General considerations–Ethical considerations specific to approaches, design and data collection procedures.
– Ethics Committee 
– composition, role and importance
– Guidelines for ethical clearness
– Ethical issues the relation to scientific and professional community (Plagiarism)


Qualitative and quantitative analysis:

– Descriptive, inferential and advance statistics
– Parametric and Non parametric methods
– Multivariate analysis


Communicating research findings


– Research critic
– Project proposal for funding
– Research utilization


Ph.D. Nursing Colleges

Ph.D. Nursing Course Suitability

  • Students those who interested or desirous in nursing and have well interpersonal and communication skills are most suitable for this course.
  • If one who needs a Ph.D. for promotion in academics career, hike in salary, or stable job in academics then they can join this course. Such candidates should take admission in State run Universities and part time Ph.D.'s courses.
  • Those who want to go for detailed and deep research work in the respective subject also are good suit for it.
  • They should have the ability to answer questions and offer advice to patients, so you must be able to answer their questions, share your knowledge and skills with patients, their families and friends and make sure their needs are recognized by the rest of the care team.

How is Ph.D. Nursing Course Beneficial?

  • This degree course enables the students to go for various nursing and its related jobs along with their own private clinic and hospitals.
  • Doctorate Degree enables one to keep pace with the expanding frontiers of knowledge and also provides research training relevant to the present social and economic objectives of the country.
  • It learns to write a good research report and acquires the skill of presenting data in graphical form.
  • They can also go for industrial nursing and occupational health nursing management jobs.

Ph.D. Nursing Job Types

  • Practical Nursing Instructor
  • Manager Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant - Medical Telemetry
  • Director Nursing Surgical Services
  • Nursing Supervisor - Night Shift
  • Nursing Lab Assistant
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Travelling Nurse
After completing Ph.D. (Nursing) you can become:
Nursing Courses
Nursing Degree Courses
B.Sc. (Hons.) (Nursing)
B.Sc. (Nursing)
B.Sc. (Nursing) (Post Certificate)
M.D. (Midwifery)
M.Phil. (Nursing)
M.Sc. (Child Health Nursing)
M.Sc. (Community Health Nursing)
M.Sc. (Maternity Nursing)
M.Sc. (Medical Surgical Nursing)
M.Sc. (Mental Health Nursing)
M.Sc. (Nursing)
M.Sc. (OBST. and Gyane Nursing)
M.Sc. (Paediatric Nursing)
M.Sc. (Psychiatric Nursing)
Nursing Fellowship Training in Neonatology
P.B.B.Sc. (Nursing)
Nursing Diploma Courses
A.N.M. (Nursing)
Advanced Diploma in Ophthalmic Care Management
Diploma in CVT Nursing
Diploma in Emergency and Trauma Care Technician
Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery (G.N.M.)
Diploma in Health Assistant (DHA)
Diploma in Home Nursing (D.H.N.)
Diploma in Neuro Nursing
Diploma in Nursing Administration
Diploma in Nursing Education and Administration
Post Basic Diploma in Critical Care Nursing
Post Basic Diploma in Operation Room Nursing (PBDORN)
Post Basic Diploma in Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Nursing
Post Graduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing
Post Graduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing
Post Graduate Diploma in Neo-Natal Nursing
Post Graduate Diploma in Ontological Nursing and Rehabilitation
Post Graduate Diploma in Paediatric Critical Care Nursing
Nursing Certificate Courses
Certificate Course in Auxiliary Nurse and Mid-wife
Certificate course in Ayurvedic Nursing
Certificate Course in Male Nursing
Certificate in Care Waste Management (CHCWM)
Certificate in Home Nursing
Certificate in Maternal and Child Health Care (CMCHC)
Certificates in Primary Nursing Management (CPNM)
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